purpose of book of Ephesians
To strengthen the Christians in the church of Ephesus.
Being a prisoner in Rome who was awaiting trial,
Paul could not revisit the church in Ephesus, as he had revisited other churches he had established during his first and second missionary journeys. Paul had established the church in Ephesus on his third missionary journey about three to five years earlier.
He wrote his letter to the Ephesians to do what he could not do personally. He wrote to strengthen and confirm the believers there in the grace of God and the gospel of Christ, as well as to encourage them in performing their works of service and holiness in response to God's saving grace.
Unity in Christ
He was writing to a church that consisted of, Jews, Gentiles, Asians, and European, Slaves and Freemen.
Hence Unity was a strong theme...
This is a message of unity for the church, family, community, race, and nation
Predestination is spoken of in this verse, but the idea that some are chose to be lost and some chosen to be saved is false.
"who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:4 NIV)
Those who choose to come to Christ, choose to be saved, or are chosen to be saved.
The plan of salvation was laid before the world was created, it was at that time that the God purposed or promised to save the world.
His sacrifice was perfect, His restoration in us will be perfect...
We are adopted into His family
"The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." (Romans 8:15 NIV)
Jesus is the agent of the father and mankind
The plan of salvation vindicates the plan of salvation to the whole universe,
Giving of the only begotten Son to save us...
Grace freely given to all who will accept, no matter who you are...
So that we can be called beloved children again...
Vs 7, 8
Jesus buys back what we lost, through His blood, took our bondage of sin to Himself so He could overcome for us...
Lavished upon us, Love and grace, free gift
Gifts are given to every follower, church, to share the great message in the church and community
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